Category: Health and Education

Health and Education, Special Events

Work Out & Give Back

by WREN Staff on Aug 22, 2017

Plot twist: The workout you’re about to destroy will also destroy the patriarchy. Our friends at Fit Columbia are about to change the way you work out.  Through their new fitness fueled fundraising series, they will be offering donation based classes during the months of September and October to raise money for WREN.  The series… Read more

Health and Education, Special Events

The Difference Between “Technically” and “Actually”

by WREN Staff on Aug 15, 2017

UPDATED 8.30.2017: Deadline Extended Technically, current FDA regulations allow emergency contraception (EC) — birth control that prevents pregnancy after sex — to be sold directly on the shelf to women and men of any age with no restrictions. But actually, reports from around the country indicate that in many places, finding EC over-the-counter is not that simple…. Read more

Health and Education, Policy Updates

4,208 Reasons for Celebration

by Eme Crawford on Aug 8, 2017

Over the past 24 hours I watched a few amazing things happen: When a call went out yesterday from WREN that the State Board of Education was voting for a second and final time on revisions that would make our Health and Safety Education Standards comprehensive and evidence-based,  over 275 advocates sent 4,208 emails of support… Read more

Health and Education

New Survey From WREN

by WREN Staff on Jul 18, 2017

The South Carolina General Assembly may have adjourned for the session, but the work of WREN continues. Here at WREN we will be refreshing our educational materials on women’s reproductive health and would appreciate your feedback. The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete, and responses will be anonymous and not linked to personal… Read more

Health and Education, Policy Updates

ACTION ALERT: Call your Senators in Support of Healthcare Access

by WREN Staff on Jun 27, 2017

Your United States Senators need to hear from you today. The Senate healthcare bill, known as the “Better Care Reconciliation Act,” is a threat to the health of South Carolinians. It would hurt women, children, and families by massively cutting health coverage and benefits, including: Drastically cutting Medicaid, which covers 1.1 million South Carolinians. Medicaid… Read more

Health and Education, Policy Updates, Special Events

WREN: Happy Hour Updates

by WREN Staff on Mar 10, 2017

  On March 9th, WREN partnered up with Auntie Bellum to host a network Happy Hour at The War Mouth.  And in case you couldn’t slip away from your desk to enjoy the afternoon sunshine, here’s what you missed: Our partnership happy hour kicked off with some WREN legislative updates, including new information regarding the progress of H.3809,… Read more

Health and Education, Policy Updates

Spring into Action: WREN Policy Updates

by WREN Staff on Mar 3, 2017

In a recent poll conducted by Winthrop University, eighty-one percent of respondents favored requiring employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees, and nearly 70% favored requiring schools to base their reproductive health curriculum solely on evidence-based research. The people of South Carolina have spoken. Now let’s make it happen. Stand with WREN in advocating for… Read more

Health and Education, Policy Updates

The Importance of Evidence-Based Health Education

by WREN Staff on Feb 23, 2017

We are over a month into our 2017-2018 legislative session, and are eager to share our first piece of introduced legislation: the Healthy Youth Act. This act would bring revisions to the outdated 1988 Comprehensive Health Education Act (CHEA) by ensuring the use of evidence-based, rigorously evaluated interventions, and by holding school districts accountable for… Read more

Health and Education, Policy Updates

WREN Update: Pregnancy Accommodations

by WREN Staff on Feb 21, 2017

Providing a safe and inclusive workplace atmosphere to pregnant employees is crucial in maintaining a sustainable, healthy and productive workforce. Women must often stay employed throughout their pregnancy in order to sufficiently support themselves, and their families.  In fact, two out of three South Carolina women who gave birth last year were employed. Yet in spite… Read more